Hull City's Harry Maguire heads at goal
All in all, it's been a fairly miserable season for Hull City supporters. The Tigers have struggled for much of the campaign, and could well be facing relegation at the end of the season. After a huge turnaround of players in the summer, Hull City have struggled with injuries since the get go, and despite the efforts of new manager Marco Silva, the Tigers could be set to drop straight back down to the Championship.
One of the few highlights for Hull City fans has been the development of young defender, Harry Maguire. Since joining Hull City, the defender hasn't always gotten a fair look in. But since their promotion to the Premier League, Maguire has leapt forward and seized his place in the starting XI with both hands.
And the impressive young England defender has drawn many admirers, with Liverpool Echo recently reporting that Everton could well make a move for Maguire in the summer, as they look to bolster their defensive options. But just how would Maguire fit into the side?
Currently, the Toffees play with Ashley Williams, a summer signing from Swansea City, and club captain Phil Jagielka at the back; two defenders with similar styles. They are strong, good in the air, and like to sit a lot deeper, with both two lacking a bit of pace.
Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho in action with Everton's Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka (R)
So what does Maguire offer that Williams and Jagielka. In terms of their style of play, the answer is not much. Maguire's game also revolves around dropping a bit deeper, relying on his strength and skill in the air and in the tackle rather than matching forwards for pace. Therefore, it seems Koeman sees Maguire as more of a like-for-like replacement, rather than someone who can offer the Toffees a different option.
With Jagielka now 34-years-old, and Williams 32, Harry Maguire could well be the long-term replacement for both defenders, and might join Everton youngster Mason Holgate in forming a very different looking Toffees backline over the next few seasons.
Hull City's Harry Maguire
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